While this step sounds like a “no brainer”, don’t convince yourself that you’ve sung your song(s) enough that you’ll remember the lyrics, tune and actions on the spot. I have had people ask me to go over a song I previously shared only to forget a part. It’s very confus-ing for your audience if you’re adding things in that you “forgot” and backtracking to that spot.Watch yourself in the mirror when you are practicing your songs. If you don’t like what you see, change it before you share with your audience.6.
To allow you to practice, recordings help. This may be a ﬁle you downloaded from YouTube, a recording you made at an event or even yourself singing the song. Explore creating and playing recordings of songs.7.
Prepare song sheets for your audience. Depending on the age of your audience, you may want to hand these out before you start or afterwards. Giving the sheets out before starting may help your audience follow the words. They may spend more time looking at the pages than paying attention to you while you’re showing the gestures or working on the tune that goes with the words. This choice will depend on you.
Be enthusiastic and conﬁdent.
If you’re excited about sharing a song, they’ll be excited too! Your audience will pick up on your emotions. Smile. Relax. Have fun! If you’ve practiced and made your cards, you’ll look more conﬁdent and that will also be conveyed to your audience.9.
Start with a song they know.
Starting out with a success boosts their conﬁdence. They’ll be more willing to try new songs if they’re already on their feet and enjoying themselves.10.
Create signals to stand up, start singing, etc. People who are not paying close attention or are too far away to see your subtle physical clues will appreciate you raising your hands above your head to ask them to stand up.11.
Keep it slow.
When you’re teaching a completely new song, keep it slow and repeat your actions enough so that everyone gets them. If you have someone struggling, pair them up with someone who grasps the song and actions quickly.12.
Keep old favorites handy.
If your audience has a favorite, keep it handy in case someone really wants to do it. You may be tired of singing a particular song, but they may not be.13.
Be willing to share.
If someone knows a song and wants to share, step back. Let them take the lead. Don’t confuse your audience with multiple leaders. Instead, focus on your group and the person leading. You’ll be able to tell by their body language when it’s time for you to take back the lead.Always thank other volunteers for helping out. If the song is not one you have, ask your volunteer for a copy of the song or a place you can ﬁnd it on the Web so you can include it in your personal songbook.